Human Subjects

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) assists UGA faculty, staff, and students in meeting the highest ethical and professional standards when conducting research with human subjects.

Our Vision is to enable UGA to become a global leader in human subjects research.

Our Mission is to ensure the UGA research community has practical, accessible resources and tools to ensure the ethical protection of human subjects in research.  We do this work by:

  • convening, engaging, and supporting a diverse and inclusive Institutional Review Board (IRB); and
  • ensuring that policies and educational programs both advance a culture of compliance and safety and elevate the integrity and quality of research in order for the UGA research community to achieve the highest professional standards.

We want the UGA research community to view the Human Subjects Office as a partner in compliance and as a group of dedicated professionals who believe in UGA’s research mission and care about the way we do our work.
Our core Values are:

  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Lifelong learning
  • Problem solving
  • Flexibility
  • Responsiveness

Attention Graduate Students

Have you every wished that you had an IRB member at your disposal to help you with your submission?  Guess what?  You do!  You are invited to our Open House on Friday, March 3rd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Tucker Hall lobby (first floor).  Human Subjects Office staff members will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about your research study or IRB review in general.  See the Investigator Training & Resources page for the Graduate Student Open House schedule.

Quality Improvement Program

The Human Subjects Office (HSO) has developed a Quality Improvement Program (QIP) to assess and respond to challenges with the administration, review, and conduct of human subjects research.  The primary purpose of the QIP is to increase the quality, performance, and efficiency of UGA’s Human Subjects Protection Program (HRPP).

The QIP will include three components or stages: 1) Quality Assurance, 2) Quality Improvement, and 3) Continuous Quality Improvement.  We are focused on finding ways we can become more effective at protecting subjects while also becoming more efficient. Our goal is an HRPP that is not only proactive, but interactive, and emphasizes prevention of harm. Please visit the following webpage for updates about this new program as it is implemented across UGA: http://research.uga.edu/hso/quality-improvement-program/

 How Do I Report an Adverse Event?

The Principal Investigator (PI) bears direct responsibility for the implementation and conduct of the research and for ensuring the protection of human research participants. The PI must promptly report any unanticipated problems or incidents involving risks to subjects or others to the IRB.

Reportable events include any harm or injury (physical, psychological, social or economic) or other unexpected events occurring as a result of participation in a research study. Such events, unless considered serious (see below), must be reported to the IRB by submitting a Report of New Information in the e-portal (irb.ovpr.uga.edu) within 72 hours of any member of the investigative team becoming aware of the event. You also should notify the chair of the department.

If you have any questions, please contact the HSO at 542-3199.